If you have never provided senior care to anyone, and you’re planning on taking care of a loved one, there are some important things to think about. Do you know what you should do in the event of an emergency? Would you know what to do if your loved one was hurt in a fall or cut themselves badly?
Not enough people understand the basics of first aid, so here are some tips that you should consider when you decide that you’re going to provide senior care service to a loved one.
- Remain calm during an emergency. It’s one of the hardest things to do, to remain calm during an emergency, but it’s also one of the most important. If you can’t remain calm, then you’re going to potentially cause more problems for your loved one in the long run. If you have a habit or history of becoming rattled or nervous during an emergency situation, the consider hiring senior health care services.
- Know where emergency contact numbers are. Most people tend to simply dial 911 when there’s an emergency and while this is important, you should also have other numbers on hand as well. Know the phone number to the local police department, fire department, ambulance service, and poison hotline. Also, keep family numbers handy as well.
- Know how to stem bleeding or care for a burn. Two of the most common injuries that occur within the home are burns and cuts. You should be able to staunch bleeding and be able to close the wound, or dress it until you can get your loved one to the hospital to have them get stitches or treat the burn. If you don’t know anything about dressing a wound or first aid, though, you should sign up for a course through one of your local government agencies. Fire departments and even adult education classes are available in most communities that teach first aid.
- Consider hiring senior health care services. If you are not comfortable with first aid or caring for someone in an emergency situation, you should seriously consider hiring a professional senior care service provider instead.
No matter whether you are the one who will provide senior care to your loved one or you hire a professional service, make sure that you understand the basics, as well as some important tips when it comes to first aid.